CARS.COM — Chevrolet’s second-generation 2016 Cruze compact sedan builds upon the qualities we liked in the original Chevy Cruze, such as a quiet ride, while adding a refined turbocharged four-cylinder engine for every trim level and greater in-car connectivity. I just wish the vehicle’s driving experience were a bit more engaging. The 2016 Cruze sedan is on sale now, and a new hatchback body style hits dealerships this fall.
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The refinement that we’ve liked in Chevy’s newer cars such as the Malibu midsize sedan and full-size Impala is present in the Cruze, and it’s especially evident in the new turbocharged, 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine. Rated at 153 horsepower, the four-cylinder drives the front wheels through a six-speed manual or a six-speed auto transmission. Most Cruzes come with the auto, which is the transmission I tested.
The turbo four-cylinder sounds refined when accelerating, even under full throttle, and power builds smoothly. Acceleration is adequate; it feels about as swift as the 2016 Honda Civic with the base 2.0-liter four-cylinder. Still, the turbo four-cylinder does have some reserve power at highway speeds for passing.